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Kemp Coal Dock Office and Industrial Museum Historic Homes

Address
471 E. Water Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone
(906) 635-7082
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The Kemp Coal Dock Office was built in 1904 by
Sault businessman George Kemp. He owned all of
the waterfront property be ...
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The Kemp Coal Dock Office was built in 1904 by

Sault businessman George Kemp. He owned all of

the waterfront property between the Edison power

house and the Coast Guard station. In 1917 Kemp

turned his coal business over to his sons and the

building became the office for Kemp Brothers Coal

Company, which operated in the Sault until 1959.

In 1960 the property was given to the City of Sault

Ste. Marie and developed for a variety of tourist related

businesses. In 2007 the Coal Company

office building was opened as the Kemp Industrial

Museum.





Drawn by the natural resources of the region, and

access to transportation and energy, the Union

Carbide, Northwestern Leather Company, Soo

Woolen Mill and Cadillac-Soo Lumber Company

became the major employers of the Sault.

As local natural resources grew scarce and

processing and product demands changed, the

Sault’s major industries were no longer viable.

All had shut down by the early 1960s. It is these

industries that are remembered in the Kemp

Industrial Museum.



Visit Other Historic Homes on Water Street:

John Johnston House

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft House


Bishop Baraga House



Admission to the Historic Homes 

Adult $3 Child $2 Family $8 Season Pass $15